26 March 2015

31 Days of MOO No. 26 Super Easy MOO Orange Marmalade

This is wonderful on toast but for a real treat use orange marmalade instead of jam in bread and butter pudding - it turns an ordinary pudding into a special dessert.

Super Easy Orange Marmalade

275g oranges
Juice of 1 lemon
500ml boiling water, divided
500g sugar

Cut the oranges into quarters, and remove pips. Chop the oranges roughly. I use my food processor to do this.

Put pips and lemon shells onto muslin square and tie with string to make a bag. Put the oranges, lemon juice, 300ml boiling water and the muslin bag in a 3-litre microwave safe bowl (or bigger if possible to prevent splashes).

Cover and soak for 1 hour. Add 200ml boiling water. Microwave on high for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes, until peel is tender.

Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Microwave on high for 25 minutes until setting point is reached, stirring every 5 minutes. Be careful as the mixture can get very hot.

Stand for 15 minutes, then stir and ladle into hot, sterilised jars  and seal while still hot.

This isn't pretty marmalade but it tastes delicious. If you like pretty marmalade you can quarter the oranges, then thinly slice instead of chopping in the food processor.

You can use a mixture of citrus fruit if you would like a different marmalade. You can use cumquats, lemons or grapefruit instead of the oranges or any combination of them for a mixed fruit marmalade.

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